The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night
"The way Timmy's been pitching lately, after the first run I felt pretty comfortable."
-- Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa on San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum
Tim Lincecum continued his bid to win his second straight Cy Young Award, allowing just two hits to throw a complete game shutout. Lincecum has now thrown back-to-back complete games and struck out at least eight in his fourth straight start. While Lincecum was dealing - never throwing more than 13 pitches in a single inning - the Giants offense was rolling, scoring four runs against Cardinals starter Brad Thompson over six innings and then clubbing St. Louis reliever Clayton Mortensen for six runs over the final three innings.
The Nationals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but couldn't hold it together and were held in check from there. Ricky Nolasco allowed two runs over eight strong innings to earn his third straight win. Washington starter Scott Olsen returned from the disabled list to turn in a quality start, giving up two runs over seven innings while facing his old team and his old friend in Nolasco. As has become the Nats' way, the bullpen faltered with reliever Ron Villone taking the loss for Washington.
Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning to lead Los Angeles past Colorado. For Ethier, it was his fourth walk-off hit of the season and the 14th time the Dodgers pulled out a victory in their last at-bat. The Rockies got on the board first, as Ryan Spilborghs hit a two-run blast but the Dodgers came back to score two of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
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